I was doing my impression of Bill Clinton. There was a drunk man there who started yelling at me about ‘my’ policies. I stopped the impression and told the guy I was not Clinton. The guy charged the stage yelling “Liar!”. Fortunately, someone tripped him before he got to me.
Stand up comedy is a great, weird and wonderful way to make a living. It can be lonely at times when you’re driving hundreds of miles between each gig. But it’s worth it. Its always great when you land a week in a nice club. I used to tell bookers, “You don’t pay me to perform. I do that for free. You pay me to get there.”
That picture was taken three years ago. I cherish it because they were my farewell shows. It’s also the club where I shot my DVD. I performed for 30 years and loved it even when I had to perform on a Friday night after being injured in a car accident earlier that week. I tried to cancel but I had signed a contract and the guy was going to sue me if I was a no show.
I did the show after taking Percocet and I still don’t remember any of it. The friend who drove me said the show was awesome. Ok, I got paid instead of sued. The funny thing is the guy called me about eight months later and wanted me to perform for his company again. I turned him down, of course. I wish someone would have video taped that show.
Now my blog, books and social media are my stage and I love it. I really don’t miss doing stand up anymore and that’s surprising considering there was a time when I couldn’t get on stage enough. No regrets except for the drunk guy. I wonder what would have happened if he reached the stage.
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